The Gold Miner is not always searching for gold. There are things much more precious to him. Those precious things require much more attention than the ground under his feet. In this photo a little girls feet left the ground while in a flat out run, ending in a very painful fall. The Miner is first and foremost a father, then a husband, a son, a brother. The gold miner may have hard hands, but they are comforting hands, hands that heal wounds and will pick you up when you fall. A Gold Miner is a friend for life and will always be there if family or friend is in need. I am a gold miner.
My Father in Law Just Published a great book Where the main character is my daughter, Woohoo! Its a gold mining story, some truth in it, some not so truths. A little bit of history, and alot of excitement. Those of you who know me, you will recognized some of the names in the book, some of the places. I have included a link to the store and intro to the book below. If interested the book may be purchased on Amazon, the name is “Talking Ice.”
Here is the intro:
This is a photo of me in a sample hole I dug inspecting my handy work and collecting samples to run back at camp. There was hardly any gold in this hole. I found out later in the season that the reason I did not find any gold here was because I dug to deep/not deep enough. The gold in this seems to be in one of two places, we find it sitting on a clay layer and we also find it sitting right on the bedrock. This hole I dug just past the clay layer but not to the bedrock.
Here we are dropping a load in the wash plant, The wash plant runs off of a two inch pump, the hopper has a vibrator motor attached to the bottom to assist in getting the dirt to slide down the hopper and fall into the sluice box, the vibration also help to break apart clumps and shake the gold stuck to rocks off. All of our water runs off into settling ponds, you can see part of one in this picture. We built the wash wash plant, although we will be constructing a larger one for next season, the more dirt you can move the more gold you can find.